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Anyone heard of "Tsunami" bikes???goomba
Jul 14, 2002 8:59 PM
Hi, has anyone heard of this brand of bike? @ www.chucksbikes.com he has alot of frames for a pretty cheap price, but I can't find any reviews or a website on the bike. Someone please reply if they have any comments on this bike.

Goomba
Tsunami Bikestriangleforge
Jul 17, 2002 7:40 AM
Here's my quick, completely uninformed guess ... Tsunami appears to be the Chuck's Bikes "house brand," since I've never seen them anywhere else. Since Chuck's buys up & liquidates excess inventory for a variety of companies, my guess is that a lot of the Tsunami bikes are the result of canceled orders by some of the companies whose products you routinely see in bike shops, but wearing paint & decals from Tsunami rather than the company that placed the original order.

A lot of the liquidations on the Chuck's site seem to come from Kinesis, a very fine builder of aluminum frames, which does a lot of the construction for some of the biggest names in the bike biz in the U.S. You might want to ask directly; I've e-mailed questions to Chuck's Bikes a few times and, while not particularly verbose, the answers are quick and helpful. Chuck's Bikes might be constrained by the terms of their contracts, however, from identifying who built the frames or for whom they were originally built -- still, there's no harm in asking.

If you're looking at the shockingly inexpensive Tsunami cyclocross frame on the Chuck's Bikes site, I have no doubt it's a good, solid frame, worth more than the asking price. Still, I'd steer clear of it, because of the "compact" design with a significantly sloping top tube. If your intent is to race the bike, this small main triangle will make shouldering the bike difficult. If, instead, you're looking for a nice enough bike to commute and take on mild trail rides, then it might work out just fine.

Cheers!